Expert Bowing Wall Repair
Bowing walls are foundation walls that are starting to buckle or bend inward. As your foundation walls are below ground level, the soil constantly exerts enormous pressure on them. As they succumb to constant pressure, the only things that hold them (and your structure) up are the walls themselves.
The amount of pressure placed on your foundation walls depends on the moisture content, the type of soil, the depth of the foundation, and ambient temperatures. Other factors include having expansive clay soil, the hydrostatic pressure from moist soil, and frost. Rainwater may also pool around the perimeter of your home, saturating the soil and causing it to expand. This could increase pressure on the foundation walls. This is the reason roof gutter runoff must be directed to a drainage system.
All these factors can exert enough pressure on your foundation walls to make them bow or, worse, collapse.
The Warning Signs
Although the actual pressure force on your foundation walls is not visible, there are signs it is happening, such as:
- Horizontal cracks along foundation walls
- Cracks on stair steps along foundation walls
- Bulging or inward bowing on the walls
- Walls leaning in at the top
- Damaged walls
- Wet, clay soil around the home
- Expanding clay soil around the structure
When Repairs are Needed
If left unattended, bowing foundation walls may worsen and cause a major foundation failure. Repairs to your foundation walls are necessary if one or any combination of the listed signs is present. Repairs are particularly needed if your foundation walls are made of concrete hollow blocks (CHB), not poured concrete. Foundation walls made of CHB give in more readily and create bowing walls as the soil pushes on the mortar joints between the blocks.
Poured concrete foundations, on the other hand, typically have horizontal cracks as an early warning sign. If you notice any of these signs for either type of foundation, call us to inspect your foundation walls and recommend the best repair measure.
How We Repair Bowing Walls
To determine the severity of the bowing and the repairs needed, one of our team members will inspect your foundation walls. Depending on the extent of bowing, you may need to brace your foundation walls d to be braced with one of our wall anchors or wall-reinforcing solutions.
When Wall Anchors Can’t be Used
Wall anchors are a common way of repairing a bowing wall. One of the few instances when a wall anchor can’t be used is when the yard beside the foundation wall is inaccessible. Fortunately, we can recommend other repair solutions that will fit your budget and suit your particular case.
Why Choose Us as Your Foundation Wall Repair Contractor
We understand that residents of Denver and other cities in Colorado commonly encounter foundation issues in their homes. As longtime contractors, we are fully aware of the unusual soil conditions in the state and the problems they bring. We use the right equipment, knowledge and expertise to deal with these problems. And we do it for a competitive price.
When you want an effective and affordable solution for repairing your home’s bowing walls, hire Van Matre Construction, LLC. Contact us today to ensure the safety of your home and keep its value intact.